Operated by Chan Nature Walks
Advanced trekking from Mae Hong Son to Pai 6 days, there are only a small number of tourists who make it through this difficulty level each year. Although some groups have to cancel halfway. You don’t necessarily have to be very physically fit, just often exercise when you have free time. I’ve been through this trip and am ready to take you.
- The beginning 6 days of trekking
- How is the route
- Let’s get started
- PART I
- PART II
- 6 days trekking summary
- How much is cost
- How to get started
- Physical fitness level
- When is the best time?
- Anything else?
- Conclusion by 6 days of trekking
- Special Thanks
The beginning 6 days of trekking
P’Chan has invited me to join this trip with his clients, Khun Peter and Khun Lia from the Netherlands, and they have already acknowledged my invitation and allowed me.
I haven’t hiked for more than 3 years during the time of unemployment, I only walked in the city for some exercise every day.
So I don’t have much time to prepare trekking equipment. I just wrap up the luggage in my backpack 40L.
How is the route
Different walking routes and distances of 6 days of trekking are the perfect fit characteristics of steep mountains that must be walked up and down. It used up a lot of strength.
Overall it looks quite tiring. We walk through the creek, climbing the rocks, slippery paths, and difficult by rough terrain.
The mountain barrier
The distance seems to be designed naturally, near-far, more or less, alternating each day. It makes you have a very flexible body and burn fat very well.
Energy food and drinking water are important components. The skilled team cooked and make the journey smooth.
Finally, the natural and beautiful atmosphere returned worthwhile to us. Along the way, we will be excited and waiting for the end of the journey. But on the last day, I don’t want to be back.
Let’s get started
Part I : The 1st day of walking will be a warm-up. Then increase the difficulty on the 2nd day. The 3rd day will be spent doing general trekking, as in many tour itineraries.
Part II : Camping in the heart of the forest on the 4th night and walking along the creek all day on the 5th day and continuing to Pai, finishing the journey on the 6th day.
|Activities:||Trekking, homestay 3 nights and camping 2 nights|
|Elevation:||ASL 300-1,200 m.|
|Length:||Walking 6 – 8 hours/day|
- San Fah Mountains Range
- Seasonal flora and fauna
- Non-touristic areas
- Adventure across the creek
- Swimming in a natural jacuzzi
Day 1 – Challenge your soul
We can adjust and flex your first day’s itinerary to get you used to it and give you a warm-up day. Even, we have many options based on how easy or difficult they are.
And P’Chan will decide after to meet you on arrival. Depending on the situation, the weather conditions, or our fitness and experience. He picked the shortest path for us. I’m so happy.
Our team had a stomach ache from food poisoning. The journey was delayed by 20 minutes. Once again, I apologize on behalf of the staff.
We pick up Khun Peter and Khun Lia and apologized for the delay and hit on the road. The car drives up the steep mountain for 30 minutes and stops by the San Fah viewpoint for a while and keeps going to the starting point.
Manage our luggage
There, we split the team and our luggage into two parts. The first part was the team and food supplies to walk with us. The rest loaded with 2 motorcycles to the village.
P’Chan took us along a dirt road without cars. Guided us to see and explain various plants, and mineral stones, and play with the naughty spiders until when we start to feel tired and hungry. So stop for lunch.
Then continue the trek in the afternoon. Most trails are downhill slopes. There are beautiful views overlooking Doi Pui, the 1,722 m ASL, the highest peak of Mae Hong Son.
Homestay at Karen village
We arrived at the village in the late afternoon. We could see the paths and the cliffs in the east. It’s a point that we’ll have to go through hard tomorrow.
Then we help each other prepare bedding and take a shower and relax at leisure. The team rushed to prepare food and it was our first welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Trekking the longest day
We have to cross the Doi Pui Mountains Range, where we can see the top of the village. It made me nervous about the steepness.
But we can get through it. Because taking a break every 1 hour, then we cook lunch on the ridge which is quite fun with the wind.
Continue the longest day
The afternoon is the trail for walking mostly down the hill, passing overgrown forests and groves of lightning. We walk the longest day and reached the destination at exactly 5:00 p.m.
We cooked for dinner in a hurry. Because it will darken earlier than usual this season. The wooden house on one side is the bamboo floor which you will have to learn how to walk. There are 2 bathrooms outside the house very comfy.
Day 3 – Trekking shortest duration
We are so happy to do a short trek and admire the rice fields in the middle of the valley. Then walk up to the next village which is located almost at the top of the mountain and is a Lisu hill tribe village.
In the morning we walked for 3 hours through the heart of the small village. We walk to the rice fields in the valley and our goal is to take a break to cook there for lunch.
Happy of 6 days trekking
In the afternoon we walked across the hill. And go up slowly, then later will find open farms that are highland agriculture That means we are reaching the village.
The village where we will stay tonight is a Lisu hill tribe of about 20 households located between the Muang and Pai districts. The weather is good because it is on 1,200 ASL and the villagers are famous for their friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Looking for drinks
After we drop off our luggage and took a shower, I ask Khun Lia to go to the small shop in the village where in fact we intend to get a bottle of beer.
Sorry, they don’t sell beer here. There is only mountain whiskey and cola. But the owner offers a bottle of Chang Beer which he keeps for drinking when relaxed.
We were delighted. I bought a beer for her at a price as fair as the town price and bought mountain whiskey for our team. Tonight is half of the journey and would be a great time.
This was my favorite trekking day out of the 6 trekking days in total.
Day 4 – Crossing the Pai River and camping
The weather wasn’t so clear, I was afraid in my mind that it might rain.
We had enough time to prepare supplies for four meals: lunch and dinner for camping tonight and another 2 meals for the next day. It’s quite difficult for the team.
We can buy more in the village. But the surprise is we can’t buy chicken meat, despite the roosters crowing in abundance in the morning. We later learned that he raised chickens to prepare for the ceremony on the upcoming New Year’s Day.
Raining and steep path
Raining poorly among us while lunchtime but we prepare the fly sheet before that. Rain makes our journey more flavorful. Of course, we don’t have to worry about when it will rain.
Afterward, we walk down a steep slope to the Pai River where this month the tide is normal. The team had to find the shortest and shallowest way to cross the river for us. It take for while then we decided on a crossing point and told us to prepare.
Across Pai River
One of the team swam across with a rope and tied it to the other side of the tree for us to hold on to while crossing the river. We store electronic devices in plastic bags and change into shorts or swimwear.
We crossed each other very easily. Then we walked along the water to another creek which is a stream and has clear water. We enjoyed playing in the natural Jacuzzi. The team looked for a place for camping and preparing for dining with the campfire.
If you’re traveling from mid-August to October. The Pai River level is high and the flow is very strong. We can’t walk across this route. P’Chan needs to change the route and revised the new travel plan in advance.
Day 5 – Trekking along the stream
For me, this is the longest walk along the creek and across the rocks. We planned to walk upstream and stop by every hour.
Early morning, I put more wood into the fire to boil water and drink coffee. The sun is late because we’re in a gorge.
After breakfast and packed up for our departure. Clean and clear the camp area. I have to get wet all day long. Sunlight shines down alternating with overcast.
What did I find?
Throughout the journey, I found many swimming spots. This stream has clear water because it is limestone and not slippery while walking.
We arrived at the last section before entering the village. They’re welcoming us with a beautiful rice field.
Suddenly, the river that we walked on began to change color. Of course, there will be heavy rain before this stream.
The villagers who were harvesting rice said. “There was heavy rain before we arrived.” Usually, November rarely has no rain.
Camping or homestay?
The team is familiar with the villagers very well. So we asked for camping in the middle of the rice fields.
There are cabins and convenient bathrooms. Our equipment is also ready. So we decide to sleep here under the twilight stars at night because we knew after heavy rain the sky will be clear.
The villagers nearby here bring the food to join us. So all food and drink were fully prepared for this final night. We talked about the whole journey and said thank you to everyone.
Day 6 – Back to civilization
We woke up to the surprise of the birds singing. Because every morning we encountered a rooster crowing war. We go for a walk and enjoy the atmosphere with coffee mugs in hand. Here is a good birdwatching spot.
Now, I ready to wait for the car to pick up to travel back. Ride back on the rough road but with beautiful scenery. Stop for a coffee break at the bamboo bridge and arrive at Pai in the afternoon.
Our feeling is that we don’t want to come out of the forest. We maybe think about them for a long time. So … we had to say goodbye.
6 days trekking summary
Day 0: Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son
Welcome to Mae Hong Son
Private car pick-up from Chiang Mai and transfer to Mae Hong Son. Some rest stops may be required along the way.
I have a good offer for this transportation. Or you had a trip planner before and after trekking in Mae Hong Son, which started from/to Chiang Mai. Please contact us.
P’Chan will come to meet you as scheduled in advance and welcome you at the hotel in the evening.
Day 1: Mae Hong Son to Karen village
On the first day, we can design the route based on your abilities, which are divided into characteristics based on difficulty. Walking along country roads includes both walking through the creek, up and down hills, and power-saving mode.
Normally, we choose to take an easy walk along a dirt road. Take a nature walk to warm up and save energy for the next day.
Day 2: Next Karen village
It is a very hard day of walking for about 8 hours to climb up and cross the mountains. We will reach the top of the mountain around noon and rest there for lunch.
After that, we will walk down and up the hill 3-4 times through a beautiful forest. We are surprised when we look back at the path we have traveled.
We will take breaks every 1 hour and will arrive at the next village around 5 pm where we will have enough time to prepare food and setup sleeping area before the stars twinkle in the sky.
Day 3: Lisu village
The beautiful village and elevation on 1,200 m ASL. I love this day, walking on the highland along the paddy rice field. When we walked to enter the village area. You will see corn fields, coffee plantations, and great mountain views. A welcoming atmosphere and the air quality is clear and the villagers are friendly.
Day 4: Camping
The jungle camping style is located in the middle of a deep forest on the riverbank. You will enjoy camping, grilled food, and chatting around the campfire. Don’t forget to bring swimming wear.
Day 5: Camping or homestay
Normally, the trip required to stay in the village. But the atmosphere in the middle of the rice fields is so fascinating. Our luggage is enough for this last night. So we decided to stay here.
Day 6: Arrive Pai
Goodbye and travel to town. The car will pick us up at 9 a.m. and drive us to Pai for 3 hours. Stop by required along the roadside and drop you off at the hotel. We finished 6 days trekking in Pai.
We want the time to go by slowly. Because we don’t want to go back to a world of mess. I will come back to trekking again if you invite me to join.
How much is cost
Remarks: They reserve the right to change their tour plan when and where necessary in the interests of the safety of the clients. / Times can be changeable due to unforeseen situations like the weather. / All itineraries and rates are subject to change without prior notice.
What costs include
- English speaking guide
- National Park Fees
- Provided on itinerary
- Food mentioned on itinerary
- Coffee or Tea and Drinking water
- Homestay 4 nights and Tent 1 night
- Basic sleeping equipment
- The transport from/to Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son
- Hotels on arrival before and after the treks
What to bring
As for the baggage that must be prepared 6 days of trekking, both to be carried by yourself and to be given to the porters. The remaining baggage is to be sent to the destination in advance by our back office team.
Belongings for trek
- A casual shorts or long pants and T-shirt
- Trekking shoes or hiking sandals
- Backpack and for personal use.
- Personal bottles
- Casual wear
- Polite nightdress
- A range of toiletries
- Flip Flop
- Light Jacket
- Insect repellent
- Optional during November-February
- Personal sleeping bag
- Warm Jacket or Jumper
Belongings for porter
- 1 big backpack to mix luggages of join together.
- All you need to do is prepare the luggage you will need at each destination. That you can not carry while trekking.
- Camera gear
- Personal use
Where to leave unused luggage
To be sure, prepare your items in a backpack and you will have the ability to carry them on your own.
Other luggage can be left at the hotel or the travel agent’s office for unused luggage before leaving.
As for long-distance trekking, that doesn’t loop back. The remainder baggage that is not used for trekking is packed into a suitcase. It will be delivered to your destination accommodation at the end of the trip by our team.
How to get started
The 6-day of trekking program starts in Mae Hong Son with daily departures of at least 2 people. You should arrive here one day before the trek.
Once you’ve outlined your vacation itinerary. Please send an email to P’Chan by filling out the contact form on the website below.
Book an appointment
Each other’s next step
Responding email, travel details, and payment will be confirmed by P’Chan. Please pre-book 15 days in advance that would be great for our team to manage.
P’Chan will meet you in the lobby of your hotel or at the meeting time to check readiness, provide a short briefing, and make an appointment on the itinerary, which will include the remaining payment.
Physical fitness level
Trekking Classification from other levels cannot be applied to the Mae Hong Son area. Because the routes are diverse. The walking skills and level of ease, therefore classifying the levels as a guideline.
- Walking time average: we walked at a moderate pace, not too fast or too slow.
- Difficulty level: we divide it into 3 levels: beginner, moderate, and advanced.
When is the best time?
Trekking in the Mae Hong Son area can start from mid-May until August when the trees begin to bloom and the mountains turn green.
The difficulty level increases due to monsoons and increased rainfall from September until October, we can manage it but must accept the uncertainty of the weather. In 2022, we still have to deal with climate change throughout the high season.
It will enter the tourist season from November until February. That is good weather for traveling in the north. Except for March to April, It is advised to avoid outdoor activities.
Homestay provided sleeping kits based on the local equipment such as soft mats, pillows, mosquito nets, and blankets, which you can see on “Get to know homestay and village when go on trek.”
For water walks and rainy paths, we recommend bringing a nice pair of hiking sandals with good toe protection. See “Trekking Shoes” on the page for more information. What to bring trekking in Mae Hong Son
Conclusion by 6 days of trekking
When we go through any hardships. We’ll discover that it’s too easy. And it wasn’t any harder than we thought before we traveled.Koon : Nov 2022
- Khun Petrus Johannes Maria and Khun Cornelia Martina
- P’Chan Nature Walks and Teams
- All the villagers and the nature